Fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces continued for the second straight day in the disputed, breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region Monday. Authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but is run by ethnic Armenia, reported Monday evening that 26 of its servicemen had been killed, bringing the death toll up to more than 80. A tense ceasefire was agreed upon in 1994. There have been violent flare-ups since then, but the current escalation appears to be one of the worst since 2016 when at least 200 people were killed in clashes. BBC and NPR reports that there is also international concern that other countries, like Turkey, which backs Azerbaijan, could be drawn into the fighting. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan blame the other side for instigating the violence.
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